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highest density of an area, but especially the socioeconomic disparity seems to be at play in bicycle and resident accidents. can you explain that dynamic and also what solutions there are to look forward in transportation planning? >> part of it happens to be that some of the lower income parts of san francisco are also the most dense parts of san francisco so there is greater number of people in some of these areas that are designated as areas of concern. with more density there is more and greater density of pedestrians and vehicles and more opportunities for collisions and more collisions happening in the soma, in the tenderloin, in downtown areas. in the outer neighborhoods, the reason why there is greater risk for collision, i'm not sure that that has been established
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exactly yet, but there is many possible reasons. there may be autos driving at faster speeds, there may be less pedestrian infrastructure, although we don't have a great spatial data set for pedestrian infrastructure. that's what we have identified too that it would be hopeful to have a better geographic of understanding of what pedestrian conditions are like throughout the city in a data set so we can understand where to target investment. the pedestrian strategy that mta has developed, it does, it's the same data that they used, this collision data. we are using the same data here that they used to develop the pedestrian strategy. it's very aligned in the sense of targeting those parts of the city that are volumes of colli
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as well as the greatest risk for collisions. >> thank you. >> good morning. thank you for the questions, the community and staff who have been serving in the pedestrian safety task force are getting to the point where we can answer the questions more confidently. we understand there is a need. there is going to be a follow up effort to the mayor's task force with a strategy taking into this next form a prioritization exercise to take on capital improvement projects following on the hearings. one of the things that we've identified in our strategies is potentially identifying through the five year prioritization coming up any of these categories, pedestrian
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circulation and bicycle circulation and that's an at some point to really bright advertise those -- prioritize those i am improvements and maybe they deserve extra consideration or assistance. another use potential ly of some funds of these processes. a lot of people don't know how to engage the city through various planning processes. just building capacity and helping communities to advocate and identify their needs and the public process getting into the pipeline is a huge part of the solution. >> thank you. any other questions? let's open this up for public comment. anyone who would like to speak? >> please come forward, miss sacs. >> good morning, chairman, members of the committee. i'm a members of the members advisory
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committee as well as on this subcommittee. i have sat in on the meetings for the subcommittee as well. at the last subcommittee meeting we had, one thing that i brought up is that prop b which i helped write, it was passed by the voters in 1989, was extended into prop k which i was also involved with which was a 30 year project. there are items in prop b that was carried over into prop k, there were new things in prop k like traffic calming. they were up for review and up for voter extension in a few years. you have to take that into consideration before you figure out what you are going to do in
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2040 and 2035. another thing you have to remember the transit project people were against it. you talk about the south of market, the soma area, commissioner kim, i will have you know the one california during the day went down to howard to service the people because of the tip, they took it out. you have to see how the tip has peemz -- penalized the transportation city. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. next speaker? is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> this was an informational item. please call the next item, miss chang. >> item no. 6. item 6: recommend approval of the bayview hunters point mobility
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study final report and business plan action* attachment enclosure 01 enclosure 02 in 2010, the authority's bayview hunters point neighborhood transportation plan recommended undertaking a focused, in-depth technical and community study to advance a community-based pilot program concept for implementation grant-ready statuss. in 2011, the authority received an $180,000 environmental justice transportation planning grant from caltrans to work on the bayview hunters point mobility solutions study studyy. a prop k appropriation resolution 11-233 provided the required $20,000 in local match. through the study, we have worked closely with a group of community-based organizations cboss that has expanded from the original group assembled through the office of the public defender's bayview hunters point mobilization for adolescent growth in our communities bmagicc program to a larger set of organizations which are participating in the department of public health's dph'ss bayview heal zone program. working in partnership with dph, the department of children, youth and their families, san francisco health improvement partnerships through the university of california, san francisco and a transportation working group comprised of representatives of 18 cbos and community leaders, we have conducted a needs assessment of cbos' program access needs and a review of their transportation operations and resources. the working group considered alternative ways to deliver needed transportation services and worked with the study team to create a business plan to pilot a vehicle-sharing program. this memorandum details the final business plan and provides an overview of the pilot project. we are seeking a recommendation to approve the bayview hunters point mobility study final report >> item no. 6. sf 63 >> this is an action item. >> thank you. >> good morning, senior transportation planner. i will keep this brief. i know we briefed you on this a couple months ago. he's now moved onto a different agency. this item begins on page 23 on your packet. so, just for the study background, the main thing here is there has been a lot of planning including that recommended creating a business plan and also non-planas transportation issues. there are some other efforts in the area. the key activities were to do an assessment of the
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transportation resources and needs convene a working and come up with a business plan that is a main part of this final report. the needs assessment shows that a significant amount of funds are spent annually by the community base organization area however and it's actually a key part of success. however it's not really a key part of what they do as their core mission or confidence and often times providing that can be created at the expense of having staff available of providing some other core programming and services. the working group comprised of numerous organizations and identified those not in the working group and there is a lot of institutional projects as well in the agency area doing work coming up th a transportation
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key issue they were hoping to solve. the working group had a few key consensus decisions. the most important were the trip types, focus on famous -- families and access to foods and the healthy eating act of living and then in addition to that the service approach which was looking at a shared van using a contracted service which was a key decision made and later hoping to supplement a volunteer driver program that is happening already in the neighborhood. this is a very quick organizational chart. there is the community advisory board that this working group is working right now to form and they will over see both a program manager, a mobility manager that will over see the day-to-day operations an on the left side of this chart is a
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fiscal sponsor 401 c 3 that really handle the administrative background of the program. the next step is the city agencies are going to continue to support the work. b magic has been involved from the beginning all the way to the transportation plan is going to be conconvening the group and the goal is to move that working group to the community advisory board an they will select the community manager to make sure that people are aware that this is happening. seek funding and do some grant writing and confirm who the partners will be in this program. there are a number of people in the working group and christina with the department of public health,
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roberto vargas from ucfs and veronica shepherd from the health clinic, this has been a great experience and we hope this is a plan that will get implemented sooner rather than later. >> thank you, i think miss change made the point to have really good planning processes that engage communities concern and low income communities is critical and i think this is a perfect example of that. any questions, colleagues? let's open this up for public comment. commissioner breed? >> i just wanted to make a comment. when this item came before us in march, i was really excited because of what we actually had done in the western addition community around informal transportation in getting kids around. in addition one of the biggest challenges we did have because
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of the number of students who participated in programs at the african american non-culture complex lived in the bay view point and it was always a challenge to get people to take them home because one of the problems that they experienced on some of the lines even the t 3 and even before the t 3 were a lot of violent type of incidents and there was just a lot of challenges with public transportation during the evening times when kids were trying to get home and i know there are a lot of programs in the bay view hunters points community and getting through with public transportation can be challenging and very time consuming to the point where the kids don't have that ability to spend that time in the program. they are spending a lot of the time getting from the school to the program or getting from home to the program. i mean, so the fact
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that a program like this along with a number of partners has come together to look at these informal transportation methods which of course includes service providers, parents, community people who are always picking up and dropping kids off all over the place, the fact that they are looking at a way in order to centralize it and to share and to have a plan like this is really great. i'm hoping that this is kind of plan that can be duplicated in other parts of the city as well and so i'm really happy it's starting off in the bay view hunters point community. thank you. >> so seeing no other comments, let's open this up for public comment. >> hello, good morning commissioners. i'm the director of b magic. we have been involved in this assessment of the transportation in the bay view since 2009. so we are
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excited to work on this project. this project has some of the discussions and needs that we first evaluated back in 2009. i just wanted to add that we in working on this business plan for the last 6 or 7 months that we pull the people, seniors and those in isolated points. b magic is going to be convening this month and we look forward to making sure this plan really represents the community needs and we are able to continue this collaborative process. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker? >> mr. vargas? >> good morning commissioners.
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my name is roberto vargas. i'm also a resident of bay view point. ucfs is part of our san francisco department and other stake holders to help improve opportunities for access to better nutrition, access to physical activity in the bay view hunters point. we put out a group of grants, about 70 k for organizations that wanted to innovate new approaches and we are trying community gardening, nutrition education, family physical activity, for example, folks came to the consensus that the greatest challenge and greatest barrier they faced in common was
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transportation. so as she touched on there are tariff issues to get from one side to the other side to access a community program can be dangerous unfortunately. for elders up on the hill who are isolated it's a challenge to get to doctors and food, etc. by way of this process of bringing folks together we've been able to develop this plan that we think will address a big appease -- piece of our need. it doesn't address all the needs. this is a great start. we hope you will support it. >> thank you. next speaker? >> good afternoon, commissioners. my name is christina with the public health department and i manage the healthy eating zone in the bay view. i want to thank the
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transportation authority for really guiding this process and bringing consultants to the table for a plan. it's very clear that access to nutrition is important for health. i don't mean just being able to get to the hospital or clinic but also health an wellness programs in the community. i think this process that we've been through can really get to us that place where community members have better access to health and wellness centers in their community. dpa is going to continue to support the work. we'll support it in anyway the community asks us to support them and we'll help by also looking at additional fupd fund ing to fund that first pilot. i want to thank our partners and for the community
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for stepping up. >> thank you. next speaker? >> good morning commissioners, i'm veronica shepherd with the bay view health and wellness center. i think the bay view is one of the most amazing neighborhoods in san francisco. i was born and raised there and i have four generations of family there so i'm very invested and connected. i also want to recognize our partner, matt with bca is also part of this working group. i think your support of giving this as commissioner breed said it's really just amazing what we are doing to try to connect people. i'm one of those people that are always called in my neighborhood and my community, could you pick up this person, pick up that person. my nephew got out of school late. i have disabled family members. it's a challenge. a real challenge. in developing this partnership, working with dpa and people in
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the community, we just need better options and safe choices. i think this as roberto says is a step and i do hope we can model this in other communities. we appreciate your support and funding, we like that too. thank you. next speaker? is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> thank you. everyone. thank you for the presentation. >> miss chang, i think that was other than informational item? action item? okay, colleagues. commissioner campos move forward with the recommendation let's do that without objection. miss change please call the next item. >> item 7: recommend approval of the fiscal year 2013/2014 transptation fund for clean air program ofroct action* attachment
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the transportation fund for clean air tfcaa program was established to fund the most effective transportation projects that achieve emission reductions from motor vehicles in accordance with the bay area air quality management district's air district'ss clean air plan. funds are generated from a $4 surcharge on the vehicle registration fee collected by the department of motor vehicles. as the san francisco tfca county program manager, the authority annually develops the program of projects for the tfca program manager funds. on february 4, 2013, we issued the call for fiscal year 2013/2014 tfca applications to san francisco project sponsors. we received eight project applications by the april 1, 2013 deadline, requesting approximately $1 million in tfca funds compared to $762,000 in available funds. we reviewed the projects for eligibility, then evaluated eligible projects following the authority's adopted local expenditure criteria which includes project type e.g., first priority to zero emission projectss, cost effectiveness of emissions reduced, program diversity, project delivery i.e., readinesss, and other considerations e.g., a sponsor's track record for delivering prior tfca projectss. based on this review, we are recommending funding the six projects shown in attachment 3, which include three transportation demand management projects, two short-term bicycle parking projects, and one bicycle sharing project. our recommendations are shown in attachments 2 and 3. we recommend fully funding two projects, partially funding four projects, and creating a wait list for two projects should additional funding become available due to cancelled projects or cost savings from completed projects. we are seeking a recommendation to approve the fiscal year 2013/14 tfca program >> sf 73 >> this is an action item. >> good morning, my name is bill bacon with the transportation authority. this begins on page one of your packet. the transportation for clean air is fund ed by a regional fee. 40 percent is returned to source by the bay area quality management district for the authority to fund eligible project. at the conclusion of our tfca project this spring we received eight applications requesting $1 million in funding. we look at criteria in projects that are first eligible and develop a program of projects. one of the programs is that projects must made a cost-effective of $90.
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there is an attachment on page one with this information. details on this project are recommended for funding begin on page 38 of your packet. this year we are recommending to fully fund the projects. the two projects for which we are recommending the fully request are the regional share biking project which is the air district regional buyer share pilot program within san francisco and along the peninsula. tfca funds are used for additional bicycles as well as 37 additional bike sharing stations. to expand the initial deployment of 350 bicycles. the tfca as local match to leverage nearly $3 million in mtc regional finding. we are
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funding the biking park project. this project will cover the procurement of 250 biking racks on a san francisco state campus. the other four projects for partial funding include the short-term bike parking project which is including bike racks. since it has two years of funding for racks. we set this project into two halves within this funding cycle. they have a number of other funds available for this coming fiscal year. we also recommend partial funding for department of the environment and department of transportation management programs which we'll hear about the information item. on your
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agenda abut i will go into detail about them here. first at the emergency right hoed -- home program. it provides a free or low cost ride home in cases of emergency. it's provided to employees of alternative modes to reach places of work. the recommended level will fund one year of the two year project. tfa funds with a recommended program for one year with 20 employees or fewer. it offers commuter benefits and incentives to support employees transportation modes and other single occupancy vehicles. finally tfca funds will be allowed to use the school programs with education efforts focusing on a development of cost-effective program for ride share program for students and
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their families. you can see it on this slide. schools are selected by a number of factors including high driving rates and the number of families living greater than two miles away from the school. there are a couple districts that do not have any schools located within them. staff will find possible synergy between this program and the public health department safe to school program. we placed two projects on a wait list for funding this year because both projects are cost-effective but we were unable to fully fund or fund the projects in cycle. this maintains project diversity in bike parking project and/or due to the lower ranking in our local expenditure criteria for
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dependent charging station. while they are eligible for tfca funding are in the local spend you are criteria with all of other projects were priority type one. it is possible that a project funded last year will be canceled, if that is canceled, we'll have up to $245,000 to fund these pro programs on the project. there is other projects that we are not funding is the program for the department of the environment. this would have funded the procurement for the bicycles under the by the fleet however last year the department of environment still has over $40,000 in fund to spend for bicycles, they will be procured this year and come back into a fit cycle and apply for future funding if necessary. they are also
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investigating possible synergy in the upcoming bike sharing pilot. i'm happy to take any questions. >> commissioner campos single e -- thank you. >> have we communicated that with the advocates of the bicycle coalition? >> the city bike fully is an internal program and they are comfortable with this recommendation for this year. i'm not sure that we had any specific contact with the bike coalition with the bikes on this additional bikes are being procured this summer. if the department finds a need for additional bikes they can come ban the back and request more. >> commissioner breed? >> thank you, i have a few concerns over all about the program. i wanted to ask some questions. i know this has been in the works for some time. i wanted to ask about the the
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cost per bicycle rack at san francisco state versus the cost for the general bike racks, for example it comes out to $204 for bike rack versus $900 in general. so i just wanted some explanation of that? >> this is an excellent point. thank you for mentioning it. there are several different reasons why the difference is so great. san francisco state, the rack, the funding is only to procure the racks and for the actual direct staff time of a ground crews staff member to install the rack. whereas mta includes overhead cost procured by the sfmta procures. it's not
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comparing apples to oranges. that's why it's so different. your point highlights that our money goes a lot farther in installing racks at s fm t a. >> i'm concerned with the fact that the city is taking on the responsibility of managing bike sharing program and whether or not the capacity exist to not only manage but maintain for this program to be more self sufficient. i know that for example just recently we worked with parks and recreation to introduce a bike sharing program that will exist specifically for the parks. my desire is to see folks pick up bikes from one location, drop them off at
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another and to have the ability to do that is amazing. i don't think i can support the city doing that and taking on ownership of that responsibility and spending money to do that when we are still quite far behind in our bicycle improvements and the kinds of things we need to do in order to increase safety for the existing bike population. i think that we are moving a little fast on this and i don't necessarily support the city taking on this responsibility directly. i would like to see this be bided out to a company that can manage and maintain and work with the city to over see it so it doesn't seem like it's something we are spending money on consistently and it's able to pay for itself. i find with the city enters into these agthe capacity to maintain it,
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becomes a problem. i don't know necessarily in the information provided see how to program is going to play itself out and what's to come and i just don't feel comfortable with allocating money at this time for this particular program. i have not been here in the process of putting it together and working out the details and what it all means but maybe you can enlighten me to what's the plan and what's going on and where this is headed because i'm just really not there right now. >> commissioner campos had a question. >> he might be able to answer the question. there is a little confusion. this request before you is to provide additional bicycles for the pilot. it's a regional pilot that's being managed by the air district although half of the project is in san francisco. there are some budgetary issues with the
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regional project which resulted in reducing the number of bikes. the pilot is not going to succeed. your question is excellent. it is not at all clear after this pilot rolls out who will manage this program. sit is it meant to be the last mile, is it able for a regional project to take over. does anyone know in the end what should be the entity that manages the program? >> are we required to spend like, i know it says the money is come from the vehicle license fees to help support this. are we required to spend that money on this particular program? >> not, the tfca on vehicle registration fees for projects that can reduce motor vehicle